The Working Class Goes to Heaven

Edition no. 1

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Directed by: Elio Petri

Gian Maria Volonté (A Fistful of Dollars), stars in one of provocative filmmaker Elio (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) Petri's most politically charged films as factory worker Lulu: a man on the verge of a nervous breakdown, following an accident at work. Too tired to sleep with his girlfriend, cut out of his son’s life by his ex, humiliated and disrespected, The Working Class Goes to Heaven is an oftentimes surreal and darkly comic look at the life of an everyday Italian trying to find a sense of purpose in a world where he is only allowed to be a tool for industry. A savage takedown of capitalism and industrial corruption, the film was recipient of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or and features a gloriously unhinged, award-winning performance from Volonté, accompanied by an exceptional score by Ennio Morricone and stunning cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller (Deep Red).

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Italian 1.0 PCM Mono
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Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50

Supplements

  • Archival interview with Elio Petri from the Cannes Film Festival
  • Career-encompassing archival interview with Gian Maria Volonté from French TV
  • Archival interview with actor Corrado Solari
  • Appreciation of Gian Maria Volonté and the film by filmmaker Alex Cox
  • A visual essay by scholar Matthew Kowalski on Petri and politics
  • The Working Class Goes to Heaven - Background to a Film Shot in Novara (2006), by Serena Checcucci and Enrico Omodeo Salé; an unconventional making-of documentary, exploring the real-life factory location where the film was shot and the story behind the film’s production there, as told by the staff, film extras and crew
  • Trailer
  • Limited edition booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Eugenio Renzi, Elio Petri Investigation of a Filmmaker author Roberto Curti on Petri and Volonté's collaborations and relationship, archival writing and reviews to be confirmed

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